Medical Marijuana Utah Frequently Asked Questions


Medical Marijuana Utah FAQ

  • In Utah, what’s the difference between a recommendation letter and a medical cannabis card?

    Prior to December 31st, 2020, residents in Utah could receive a recommendation letter from an approved physician that allowed the purchase of medical cannabis from just one pharmacy in the state. Medical cannabis cards, however, allow for the purchase of medical cannabis from any dispensary in Utah. 

    In 2021, a recommendation letter will no longer be valid for cannabis purchases. 

  • How do I obtain a medical card in Utah?

    To obtain a medical card in Utah, you first must go to a qualified medical provider (QMP) to get evaluated. If you have a qualifying medical condition and are approved, you then must go to to apply for the actual card. Typically, this process takes about two weeks from the date of application. 

    Those who are not Utah residents, do not meet with a certified medical provider/qualify, or do not pay the required fee cannot receive their medical cannabis card. 

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions needed to get a medical card? What if my condition doesn’t qualify?

    Utah has various qualifying medical conditions. The extensive list is as follows:

    • HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • Cancer
    • Cachexia
    • Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to:
      • pregnancy
      • cannabis-induced cyclic vomiting syndrome
      • cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
    • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
    • Epilepsy or debilitating seizures
    • Multiple sclerosis or persistent and debilitating muscle spasms
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a licensed health therapist and that:
      • has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider by the Veterans Administration and documented in the patient’s record; or
      • has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation from a psychiatrist, doctorate psychologist, a doctorate licensed clinical social worker, or a psychiatric APRN
    • Autism
    • A terminal illness when the patient’s life expectancy is less than six months
    • A condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
    • A rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law, and that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions
    • Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions

    If your medical condition is not on this list, you may choose to petition the Compassionate Use Board, arguing your case. Then, the Board will review the petition and approve/deny it on a case-by-case basis.

  • What forms of cannabis are allowed for possession in Utah?

    In Utah, the law prohibits the smoking of dried cannabis flower, as well as edible marijuana products. Medical marijuana patients are legally allowed to possess the following forms:

    • Tablet
    • Capsule
    • Concentrated oil
    • Liquid suspension
    • Transdermal preparation
    • Gelatinous cube
    • Unprocessed cannabis flower in a tamper-evident and resistant container that is opaque that contains a quantity that varies no more than 10% from the stated weight at the time of packaging
    • Wax or resin
    • Medical cannabis device such as a vaping pen that warms cannabis material into a vapor without the use of a flame and that delivers cannabis to an individual’s respiratory system

  • How much cannabis can patients possess/purchase at once?

    Medical patients can possess up to 113 grams of unprocessed cannabis flower and up to 20 grams of total THC in all other medicinal forms within a 30-day period.

  • How long are medical cannabis cards good for, and how much do they cost?

    For first-time patients, your medical cannabis card is good for 90 days after being issued. Within those three months, you must renew your card or it will no longer be valid. Once renewed the first time, subsequent renewals happen every six months to one year depending on what your QMP determines. 

    The fees for your medical card are as follows:

    • Patient Card (initial): $15
    • Patient Card (first 30-day renewal): $5
    • Patient Card (six-month renewal): $15
    • Guardian Card (initial): $66.25
    • Guardian Card (first 30-day renewal): $5
    • Guardian Card (six-month renewal): $24
    • Caregiver Card (initial): $66.25
    • Caregiver Card (six-month renewal): $14

  • Where can I purchase medical cannabis in Utah?

    There are a handful of licensed medical dispensaries throughout Utah. Feel free to check out websites like Weedmaps or Leafly to see if there is a dispensary near you.

  • Where can I find approved medical providers to recommend medicinal cannabis?

    You can find a list of approved medical providers on the Utah Department of Health’s website. These QMPs have been certified as qualified by UDOH, and the list will continually be updated. 

  • Does Utah offer renter or employee protection for qualified patients?

    Technically, medical users are not a protected class, so there are no protections set in place for renters or employees. 

    These rules are slightly modified for state and local government professionals, as cannabis is treated similarly to opiates/opioids: impairment or affected job performance can result in termination.

  • If I don’t have a medical card, can I purchase low-THC CBD oils and similar products?

    Yes! As per federal and state law, CBD products derived from hemp are legal for possession and consumption as long as the product contains less than 0.3% THC.

  • Where can I check for medical cannabis updates in Utah?

    To stay updated on the rules and regulations regarding medical cannabis in Utah, you can check the Utah Medical Program’s website

  • Can you use an out-of-state medical card to buy cannabis in Utah?

    You can purchase medical cannabis with an out-of-state medical card only if you got your card for one of the qualifying medical conditions that Utah has listed in their program. You also must still abide by Utah’s dosage and consumption method regulations. 

    If you are a new Utah resident, you may use your out-of-state medical card for the first 45 days. After that amount of time, the card is no longer and valid and you must apply for a Utah medical cannabis card. 

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